Die goldene Stadt

Die goldene Stadt (English: The Golden City), is a 1942 German film directed by Veit Harlan, starring Kristina Söderbaum, who won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress, and in Agfacolor.[2]

Die goldene Stadt
Directed by
Produced byVeit Harlan
Written by
Music byHans-Otto Borgmann
CinematographyBruno Mondi
Edited byFriedrich Karl von Puttkamer
Release date
  • 25 December 1942 (1942-12-25) (Netherlands)
Running time
110 minutes
Budget1.8 million ℛℳ
Box office12.5 million ℛℳ[1]


Anna, a young, innocent country girl (a Sudeten German[3]), whose mother drowned in the swamp, dreams of visiting the golden city of Prague. After she falls in love with a surveyor, she runs away from the countryside near Ceske Budejovice to Prague to find him. She is instead seduced and later abandoned by her cousin (a Czech). She attempts to return home, but her father rejects her, so she drowns herself in the same swamp where her mother died.


The movie is based on drama Der Gigant by Austrian writer Richard Billinger.[3] In the novel, however, it is the heart-broken father who commits suicide; the Nazi Propaganda Ministry, in particular Joseph Goebbels, insisted that it be the daughter rather than the father who dies.[4]


Anna's fate and drowning are clearly represented as the natural consequence of her failure to appreciate the countryside and her longings for the city.[5] This harmonizes with the preference for the countryside of the Blood and Soil doctrine.


  1. Noack 2016, p. 203.
  2. "New York Times: Die Goldene Stadt (1942)". NY Times. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  3. Rhodes, Anthony (1976). Propaganda: The Art of Persuasion: World War II. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-87754-029-8.
  4. Grunberger, Richard (1971). The 12-Year Reich: A Social History of Nazi Germany 1933–1945. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. p. 382. ISBN 978-0-03-076435-6.
  5. Romani, Cinzia (1992). Tainted Goddesses: Female Film Stars of the Third Reich. Perseus Books Group. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-9627613-1-7.


  • Noack, Frank (2016) [2000]. Veit Harlan: "des Teufels Regisser" [Veit Harlan: The Life and Work of a Nazi Filmmaker]. Lexinton: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-6700-8.
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